Curious About Brainspotting?
Brainspotting brings the idea of “therapeutic presence” to a whole new level, which, for me, compliments everything I have learned as a licensed massage therapist and as a medical social worker. Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Persons experiencing Brainspotting can look forward to integrating healing on emotional, somatic, psychological, spiritual and physical levels. Brainspotting has proven success when working with high performance athletes, stage, film and TV actors, high net-worth individuals, addiction, and those experiencing loss and grief. Persons experiencing Brainspotting can look forward to integrating healing on emotional, somatic, psychological, spiritual and even physical levels. Such a useful, practical form of therapy! I love it!
What is Brainspotting?
The motto of Brainspotting is “where you look affects how you feel.” Our eyes and brains are intricately woven together and signals sent from the eyes are deeply processed in the brain which then reflexively and intuitively redirects where we look. Trauma can overwhelm the brain’s processing capacity, leaving behind pieces of the trauma, frozen in an unprocessed state. Brainspotting uses our field of vision to find where we are holding these traumas, scanning the inside environments, seeking the specific internal spot where the trauma is stored. It then allows deep processing to release and resolve the trauma. The Brainspotting therapist listens to the client’s words and body experiences, observing the eyes, face and body, watching for reflexive cues. It is based on the premise that the brain is self-healing and the role of the therapist is to set and hold a frame that promotes the client’s self-healing capacities.
How long does Brainspotting take?
Brainspotting sessions range from 1.5-2 hours, yet each is unique and complete in itself. Laser-like efficiency is possible when you are processing on a Brainspot, the precise location of a trauma that needs healing. Less significant traumas can be addressed and healed in 1-2 sessions, more complex ones will take more sessions to completely address and resolve. By locating the spot in the brain where the trauma is stored, we can bring it to the surface and process it accurately. Sometimes even years of talk therapy alone cannot get to the root of the client’s pain whereas Brainspotting locates it and processes it immediately, bringing it to the place where traditional talk therapy can aid in addressing and resolving the trauma.
Is Brainspotting only for Trauma?
No. Brainspotting was founded by working with trauma clients, but it is uniquely effective is addressing all kinds of brain/body/emotional problems. It is used with high-performance athletes, stage, film and TV actors, addiction, loss and grief.
Is Brainspotting safe?
Absolutely. Brainspotting therapists know that the only solutions to the problems clients bring to the therapy office lie within the clients themselves. Brainspotting encompasses a full spectrum of possible interventions, according to the clients need, from the most activated to the most resourced use of eye position and body experience. It is specifically and intentionally designed to be integrated with other therapy methods. Clients will not lose the memories of life events, they will be freed from the negative feelings associated with the events.
Disorders, problems, and conditions that may benefit from Brainspotting include:
- ADHD and ADD
- Panic attacks
- Impulse control problems and disorders
- Anger control issues
- Bipolar disorder
- Grief and loss
- Emotional blocks
- Relationship problems (including the emotional wounds of trouble relationships)
- Negative self-esteem
- Compulsive behaviors
- Perceptual problems
- Preparing for and recovery from surgery and other invasive medical treatments
- Unresolved trauma, including trauma related to:
- Sexual abuse
- An accident or injury
- Man-made or natural disasters
- Medical treatments or interventions
- Physical trauma
- Emotional trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Coping with a serious illness or health issue
- Performance anxiety
- Procrastination (associated with trauma)
- Poor concentration (associate with trauma)
- Low motivation
As you can see, Brainspotting can be an effective therapeutic intervention for a wide range of disorders and problems. However, it is also being used by some practitioners to help individuals in many non-clinical areas. These include:
- Improving athletic or academic performance / achieving peak performance
- Enhancing spiritual awareness and connection
- Increasing the benefits of meditation
- Enhancing creativity (e.g. in music, writing, acting)
- Improving public speaking skills